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Yamaha director Tatsumi ‘Terry’ Okawa passes

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Yamaha General Manager and Director Tatsumi Okawa (Okawa, Tatsumi) has passed away at the age of 57, leaving behind an impressive legacy with the family of Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.

The Yamaha press release says Okawa grew up in Oita Prefecture, having an early start in the business the same year he graduated from Kansai University.

Tatsumi 'Terry' Okawa, Director and General Manager of Yamaha

In 2007, he was Managing Director of Yamaha Motor Australia Pty Limited, with an ascension to Managing Director of Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. just seven years later in 2014, and a rise to president of Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, in 2015.

A side view of the Yamaha MT-09
2021 Yamaha MT-09. Credit: Total Moto

Okawa is the director of Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. since 2018, with additional senior management and senior management titles acquired along the way.

Tatsumi 'Terry' Okawa, Director and General Manager of Yamaha

“We send this sad news with immeasurable gratitude for the leadership he has shown and the wisdom he has shared with us during his long years in the Yamaha Motor family,” the report said.

“Due to her family’s wishes, the farewell ceremony will only take place within the circle of relatives.”

A frontal view of a 2019 Yamaha Niken in the wild
2019 Yamaha Niken. Credit: Yamaha Motors

As for the state of the business, it is in good hands; Okawa is unlikely to be replaced right away, as the board still assembles the required number of members under Japanese law, despite being deprived of a beloved member.